Central Library Resources
The Central Library offers many valuable resources to its patrons. Below are just some of the resources found at the Central Library.
Indianapolis Special Collections Room
The Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room houses collections of archival materials. These include adult and children's materials, both fiction and nonfiction books by local authors, photographs, scrapbooks, typescripts, manuscripts, autographed editions, letters, newspapers, magazines, and realia.
Because of the specialized nature and often unique character of the material housed in the ISCR, and our responsibility for preserving these historical materials, the rules regarding the use of these materials differ from rules pertaining to the general collection. Our intent is not only to make materials available to current researchers, but also to preserve them for the historical record and for the use of future researchers. Library staff will provide details with regard to the special care required for any particular item you wish to use.
The Indianapolis Public Library strives to maintain a wide range of music books, printed music and audiovisual materials to help provide the music you need for personal enjoyment, performances, auditions, weddings, reunions and other important life events. Regardless of format, the music collection covers a wide range of musical styles including classical, Broadway, folk, popular, international, electronic, and band.
Patents & Trademarks
The Central Library is designated an official Patent and Trademark Depository Library by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington. Staff attends yearly training seminars enabling us to help patrons understand the best searching techniques or answer factual questions.
Newspapers & Microfilm
The Newspapers on microfilm are located on the Third floor of the Central Library. The Newspaper collection contains a selection of United States and Indiana newspapers on microfilm, including the back file of the current newspaper collection. Materials can be viewed, scanned, and copied from microfilm readers in the room; and patrons can use these machines to either print on paper or to download the article/picture to a USB drive. Materials do not circulate. Library's newspaper collection includes current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm.
The Indianapolis Public Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, IndyPL provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases,Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Philanthropy In/Sight. The fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.
Updated weekly, Foundation Directory Online Professional provides access to essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. To pinpoint prospective funders, explore four comprehensive databases: Grantmakers, Companies, Grants, and 990s. With geographic search tools, you can zoom in on regional and local grantmakers or grants by state, county, city, metro area, congressional district and ZIP code. Choose from over 1,100 indexed search terms or keyword-search. Interactive maps and charts show a funder's giving trends, and you can click through to see recipient lists and grant details. Follow this link to brief tutorials of the database. Follow this link to a longer demonstration.